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Arthropods of Our Homes

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About Arthropods of Our Homes

For all of human history, insects and their relatives (collectively known as arthropods) have been our constant companions. We compete with them for food, use them as resources, and – whether we like it or not – share our homes with them. Many species, both common and unfamiliar, have been evolving with us for millenia. The Arthropods of Our Homes project explores the arthropod diversity of our homes. We are interested not only in what species are present, but also how the characteristics of your home and lifestyle may affect the insects, spiders and other arthropods that come to dwell there.

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Project Publications

Bertone MA, Leong M, Bayless KM, Malow TLF, Dunn RR, Trautwein MD. (2016) Arthropods of the great indoors: characterizing diversity inside urban and suburban homes. PeerJ 4:e1582 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.1582. View PDF.

Leong, M., Bertone, M.A., Bayless, K.M., Dunn, R.R., and Trautwein, M.D. (2016). Exoskeletons and economics: indoor arthropod diversity increases in affluent neighbourhoods. Biology Letters 12, 20160322. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2016.0322. View PDF.

Madden, A.A., Barberan, A., Bertone M.A., Menninger H.L, Dunn, R.R., and N. Fierer (2016) The diversity of arthropods in homes across the United States as determined by environmental DNA analyses. Molecular Ecology. (**Cover**). doi: 10.1111/mec.13900. View PDF.

In the Press

Scientists just completed a census of the creepy crawlies that live in our homes

The Washington Post November 2, 2016 – Features research from the Arthropods of Our Homes project.

Dust DNA Reveals All the Insects and Creatures that Live in American Homes

Newsweek November 22, 2016 – Features research from the Arthropods of Our Homes project.

Just Give Up. It’s Impossible to Bug-Proof Your Home

WIRED January 19, 2016 – Features research from the Arthropods of Our Homes project.

American Homes Are Filled With Bugs (And that’s okay)

The Atlantic January 19, 2016 – Features research from the Arthropods of Our Homes project.

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